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Mountain lion hunters in South Dakota now outnumber rifle deer hunters in the state’s famed Black Hills. The big cat hunters purchased more licenses and spent more days afield than deer hunters in the same area for a fraction of the success rate, reports the Rapid City Journal. As interest in hunting the elusive predator explodes, many dispute the best way to balance both deer and mountain lion populations.
An extensive survey conducted by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks debriefed hunters on their 2013 mountain lion season. Last year South Dakota sold 4,351 licenses, nearly double the number of licenses issued during the state’s first season in 2005. As the Rapid City Journal points out, hunters purchased just 3,300 Black Hills rifle deer licenses. [ Read Full Post ]
Maine became the latest state to initiate a radio-collar study of its moose population when helicopter teams began tagging moose Wednesday morning. Wildlife officials plan to collar and release up to 70 animals in order to study their range and survival rates, reports the Portland Press Herald.
Although state biologists have not yet detected a threat to Maine’s moose population, the five-year study is designed to identify population increases or decreases in case of a possible decline in the future. The GPS study is the same as the ones already in place in New Hampshire and Minnesota. [ Read Full Post ]
Editor’s Note: The hunters in this story requested that their full names be withheld and their faces be blurred out in the photos. This is because anti-hunting extremists regularly target wolf hunters with hate speech and death threats.
Theodore Roosevelt and General Custer did it. Now, over 100 years later, a handful of Wisconsin hunters can also claim they’ve successfully hunted wolves with dogs.
The controversial hunt — that’s still being challenged in the state’s court system — began on December 2. Prior to that date, the wolf season was open, but not with the use of hounds. The hunt ended on December 23 when Zone 3’s (northwest Wisconsin) quota of 71 wolves, of the state’s 251 total, was met. Wisconsin has an over winter population estimate of 809 to 834 wolves and is the only state to allow the use of dogs when wolf hunting. [ Read Full Post ]
The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill yesterday that would allow statewide hunting on Sunday.
This following the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources voting 12 to 10 to push the bill to a full House vote last week. The state Senate is sitting on a similar bill and is expected to be vote on it by week’s end. [ Read Full Post ]
Features are the name of the game when it comes to new hunting packs and Alps' Crossfire has plenty of them. It sports a vented mesh back panel, a frame system, and a detachable accessory pocket. It also features a gun or bow carrier, a blaze orange pack cover, and more compression straps than you'll need. This should make for a solid day pack for any type of big-game hunter. Expect it to retail for about $90 to $100. [ Read Full Post ]
The biggest news in conservation this week is the presumed passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, a monstrous, acronym-filled jumble of commodity programs, Food Stamps, consumer protections, and wildlife-habitat provisions that adds up to about $1 trillion over the next 10 years.
A bi-partisan conference committee approved the details of the bill late Monday night and forwarded the legislation to the House, which is expected to pass the bill within weeks before passing it over to the Senate (where its reception is less certain). This is a big deal, since the 2008 Farm Bill has been crippling along with emergency extensions since it expired in 2012. And without a real bill, federal programs are frozen, which means no new wetlands are being conserved, no new CRP contracts are being let, and no new prairie potholes are being protected. [ Read Full Post ]
A dead bull elk found on Pennsylvania’s elk range this month likely died from human feeding, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced Thursday.
The 6X7 bull was discovered on Jan. 9 in Byrnedale, Elk County. Wildlife officials ordered tests to determine the cause of death. Results show the bull succumbed to rumen acidosis, a disease that occurs when carbohydrates such as grain or corn are suddenly introduced to an animal’s diet. Wild deer and elk are both susceptible to rumen acidosis, as are domesticated animals like cattle and sheep. [ Read Full Post ]